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How to plan the perfect wedding day


It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be stressful. You want to organise a great day, not just for yourself, but also for all your guests. You want it to be a day to remember for everyone. Most of all, it’s about being joined to your partner. This is all very exciting but very daunting. So, we’ve put together some tips on planning your perfect wedding day.


Starting with an obvious one. Before you can begin to plan anything, you need to have drawn up a realistic budget. This needs to include every little purchase and detail. If you have any friends or family who are good with finances, rope them in to help you. The clearer the idea you have of budget, the easier it’ll be to plan.

Start a wedding folder

One of the easiest ways to visualise your planning and keep everything in one place is to create a wedding folder. Here you can keep things like timelines, dress ideas and guestlists. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. Keep adding to it throughout the planning and you can always check back on finer details. This also serves as a memory book which you can look back on.

Pick a team

During this time, you’ll need a strong team of your closest friends and family. They need to be on hand to help with decisions, planning and any meltdowns you may have. Understand that you don’t need to do this alone. Everyone around you will want to contribute to you having a day you’ll always remember.

Start as soon as you can

Obviously, the time after engagement and before the wedding can differ greatly. But the best idea to keep stress levels down is to start the organisation as soon as you can. Even if its only little aspects, every bit helps and counts towards the big day. Seek advice from friends and family if you’re struggling to know where to start. There are so many resources online that no matter how bizarre your query is, someone will have experienced it. Remember that even if you think you have plenty of time before you know it the big day is looming so always plan ahead.


Sit down and think about things that are effective to combat your stress. It might be a bubble bath and candles, but equally, it could be a hard run in the park. Note down what makes you feel relaxed and any stress-busting breathing exercises that help you. Refer back to this when you feel like things are getting too much.

Create a day timeline

To ensure everything runs smoothly on the big day, create a timeline of what needs to happen when. Work out how long each task will take, such as bridal hair and bridesmaids makeup. Now you can visualise the day and have a reliable schedule to stick to. Make copies of the timeline and ensure everyone involved in the wedding has one and sticks to it.

The main thing you need to focus on for your wedding day is you and your partner’s happiness. Its easier said than done but remember this is your day. You don’t need to splash out or do things you don’t want to just to impress guests. Your friends and family will enjoy anything you’ve planned.

If you’re planning your dream wedding in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and need a venue, look no further than Ettington Chase. Located in the stunning countryside and set in 11 acres of picturesque grounds this is the ideal place to tie the knot. Contact our friendly team today for more information.